After months of a standoff pitting a section of the clergy and lay faithful of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan and the Vatican over the Papal transfer of Bishop Stephen Ameyu from Torit to Juba, the new Archbishop was installed Sunday, March 22.
A section of reporters attached to Emmanuel Radio of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese, one of the nine radio stations constituting the Catholic Radio Network (CRN) who downed their tools last Thursday, February 20 over remuneration grievances are calling on the management of the 11-year-old media outlet to revise their pay upwards.
At the closure of the weeklong Annual Diocesan General Assembly meeting last Friday, February 14, Bishop Stephen Ameyu of the South Sudan’s Torit Diocese cautioned members of the clergy to guard themselves against disposing of Church property.
As the combined armed forces of Government and Opposition group kick-start military training as envisaged in the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the Archbishop-elect of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, Stephen Ameyu has called on South Sudanese soldiers to put the past behind and invest in peaceful co-existence through reconciliation.
The leadership of the Bari community in South Sudan has, in a letter, responded to critics who have termed members of the indigenous of Juba tribalists following letters signed by individuals belonging to the tribe, including some clergy of the Archdiocese of Juba, opposing the appointment of a non-Bari to head the Metropolitan see.
Several days after letters expressing rejection of a Papal transfer of a Bishop in South Sudan emerged, the heads of dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan constituting the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) have thrown their weight behind the Holy Father and his representatives in the world’s youngest nation and expressed regrets “with great humility the inappropriate language used” in two defamatory letters.
Weeks after a South Sudanese Bishop recommended that the controversy around boundaries and the number of states in his country be resolved through engaging citizens in a poll, the Government of the world’s youngest nation announced Friday, December 6 that the divisive issue of states will require a referendum, a move the Bishop has once again welcomed.